An Italian anti-vaxxer yesterday tried to dodge getting the Covid-19 vaccine by wearing a fake arm.
The 50-year-old’s attempt failed when doctors at a clinic in Biella, northern Italy caught on that the arm was not real. The man now faces fraud charges after being reported to local police. Medics’ suspicions were raised when they realised the texture of his silicone arm did not match a normal limb, described as a theatre prop, despite the realistic skin colour. The man reportedly asked doctors to turn a blind eye to the situation.
“I felt offended as a professional,” Filippa Bua told La Repubblica. “The colour of the arm made me suspicious and so I asked the man to uncover the rest of his left arm. It was well made but it wasn’t the same colour.” The man said to her: “Would you have imagined that I’d have such a physique?”
She told La Stampa she could not see the man’s veins: “At first I thought I made a mistake, that it was a patient with an artificial arm.” Bua went onto say how stressful the last few weeks have been.
She told Corriere: “My colleagues and I try to lower the level of tension by not giving our side to any provocation. But I’m really tired and just as sorry, to see all these people who do not understand how much the vaccine is essential to protect their health, and their loved ones.”
“The promptness and skill of the health worker ruined the plans of this person, who will now have to respond to the judiciary,” Alberto Cirio, the president of Piedmont, said in a joint statement with Luigi Icardi, the regional health councillor.
Italy has reported a significant rise in the number of bookings for first-time jabs since announcing plans for the “super green pass”, which takes effect nationally from 6 December and requires people to prove they are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 to access cinemas, theatres, gyms, nightclubs, ski-lifts and stadiums, as well as to be served indoors at bars and restaurants.
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